We all know how chaotic holiday driving can get. There’s more people out on the roads, which means more potential for accidents. According to AAA, over 103 million people were expected to be on the roads for the holidays last year. Knowing what to expect and what you can do to be prepared for the heavy traffic will help you get to your destination safe and sound.
- Plan your route. Map out on your phone exactly what roads you will take before you drive, so that you can reroute if you will be traveling on a heavily trafficked road. By avoiding those roads, you’ll be avoiding potentially dangerous situations and you just might get to grandma’s house faster!
- Double check that your car’s maintenance is up to par. There’s no sense in taking a four hour drive to a relative’s house if you know your car won’t make it. Make sure your tires have enough pressure and top off your oil to be safe.
- Pack emergency supplies. You never know when you might be in an accident, or will be sitting in unexpected traffic. By carrying blankets, gloves, and extra gas, you might save yourself from having to stop on the side of the road and getting cold in the chilly weather ahead!
- Know about the weather. Never drive in a blizzard or ice storm. We know those new gifts from Santa are tempting you to get out in the bad weather, but it is not worth it. Your car could easily slide off into a ditch in icy conditions, and bad visibility will contribute to even more car accidents.
- Keep important papers in your car. No, we don’t mean your social security card. We’re talking about regular car maintenance papers, car insurance, car registration, and, of course, always have your license on you while driving. If you do get into an accident, you will need access to all of these documents.
It’s never fun to think about the negative things that could happen to you. However, by preparing for the worst, you can expect the best! Know what to do at all times so that if something does happen, it won’t be as stressful. If you are in need of an experienced and qualified attorney to help settle your car accident issues, contact Tad Morlan at (800) 246-8000.